Petrarca: Local school awarded grant for fresh fruits and vegetables

HARRISBURG, July 15 – Kiski Area East Primary School in the Kiski Area School District has been awarded a $26,737 grant to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.


The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goal is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables in schools by increasing consumption among students with the hope of positively impacting their present and future health.


“When our children eat healthy, it benefits their overall well-being,” Petrarca said. “Studies continue to show that students are better prepared to learn when they have access to healthy food choices during the day, and this program serves as an additional way to help address food insecurity within our schools and also provide an opportunity for youngsters to make healthier food choices.”


The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more in order to qualify for the grants.